Nissan to spark with Origin
PLUG in for an electrifying ride that’s as good for the environment as it is bad for oil producers.
Nissan has announced a connection with Australia’s biggest energy retailer, Origin Energy, to support and power its allelectric Leaf hatchback that goes on sale in June.
Origin says it will provide eastern states customers access to electricity from sustainable sources, home and office charging equipment, electricity management, and advice in its key markets in those regions.
The partnership is designed to make public and fleet purchase of electric vehicles easy and cost effective, says Origin spokesman Phil Craig.
‘‘We will give options for electric vehicle owners on the type of charging station and where the electricity is to be sourced,’’ he says.
‘‘Users can specify 100 per cent of the electricity from sustainable sources, or 50 per cent or 25 per cent. Opting for 25 per cent sustainable electricity only adds about $1 a week to the bill.’’
Mr Craig says the agreement will help establish electric vehicles as a viable, convenient and more sustainable alternative to all of the fossilfuelled vehicles.
Origin has four allelectric cars— two Mitsubishi i-mievs and two Leafs — and will increase its electric fleet vehicles when the Leaf goes on sale in Australia in June.
Mr Craig says the agreement with Nissan was not exclusive and Origin would be open to provide green services with future electric-car makers.
Renault will later this year introduce its allelectric Fluence ZE sedan.
Nissan’s outgoing CEO, Dan Thompson, says the Leaf has the potential to change the shape of urban and suburban motoring in Australia.
‘‘It is this shared awareness of, and advocacy for, cleaner forms of energy that makes the Nissan and Origin agreement such a fitting and promising one,’’ he says.